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Japan Retailers’ November Sales Grow

Cold temperatures prompted shoppers to seek warm winter clothing.

TOKYO — Japanese retailers saw sales increases in November, as colder-than-usual weather brought shoppers out in search of warm winter clothing.

Fast Retailing said Tuesday that same-store sales at its Uniqlo stores in Japan increased by 13.7 percent last month.

“Same-store sales increased year on year in November thanks to a successful Fast Retailing anniversary sale and strong sales of winter clothing, including the effect of advertising Heattech and Ultra Light Down products,” the company said in a release.

After opening eight stores and closing two in November, Fast Retailing currently operates 832 Uniqlo doors in Japan.

Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings, Japan’s largest department store operator, said Monday that sales at its nine major stores in its home market were up 1.4 percent in November. Even sales at Isetan’s Shinjuku flagship in Tokyo rose slightly, despite partial closure of the store due to rolling renovations.

Takashimaya also saw sales increase last month, reporting a 1.6 percent year-on-year rise in sales at its 18 stores in Japan.

“In spite of having one fewer holiday in the month compared with last year due to a national holiday overlapping with a Saturday, sales increased because of favorable performance by winter clothing and large-sum goods, so we were able to exceed last year’s figures,” the retailer said in a release.

J. Front Retailing, which operates the Daimaru and Matsuzakaya chains of department stores, said sales at its 21 stores in Japan grew by 5.1 percent in November. The company said that while winter apparel and accessories such as coats and scarves sold well, a big reason for the increase was the opening of its newly expanded Daimaru Tokyo store last month.